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League looks to ratify FFP

The Premier League will look to ratify their Financial Fair Play regulations on Thursday at a shareholders' meeting.

Last Updated: 11/04/13 at 14:17 Post Comment

The proposals were voted on in February by the club chairmen - but the vote could not have been closer.

Under Premier League rules a two-thirds majority of the 20 clubs is needed, and only 13 voted in favour with six voting against - but Reading's decision to abstain meant that the motion was passed.

Chief executive Richard Scudamore is now pushing for the proposals to be approved on Thursday, and it is expected that the plans will be ratified despite some opposition.

It is understood that Fulham, West Brom, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Swansea and Southampton were the clubs who voted against the plans in February. Should another club vote against, or indeed Reading join the 'no' camp - then the proposals would be blocked.

The plans promise two significant controls; To limit players' wage bills from next season and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to £105million over three years.

Clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52m will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4m per season for the next three years, but the cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income.

The ceiling when the wage increase restrictions kick in will be £52m next season, £56m the following year and £60m in 2015-16. Only seven of the current top-flight clubs would be under that ceiling at the moment.

The regulations have come about against the backdrop of UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) initiative.

Under UEFA's new rules clubs are being forced to minimise losses or risk the possibility of exclusion from European competition from 2014/15.

Should Premier League clubs break their proposed new rules, Scudamore has already confirmed that they will face a points deduction.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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